Winter Mindfulness Retreat

Winter Mindfulness Retreat
February 16-21, 2011

Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
9607 Sturgeon Valley Road
Vanderbilt, Michigan 49795

Five days of meditation, Wednesday through Sunday. Come just for the weekend or for all five days.

Enjoy the deep quiet of the north country in wintertime. Song of the Morning offers eight hundred acres of forest land along the pristine Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation. It is about a four hour drive from Detroit or Grand Rapids. The accommodations are clean and comfortable with heated rooms and extra blankets. Meals will be vegetarian.

Our retreat this winter will be co-sponsored by the SokukoJi Buddhist Community of Battle Creek. SokukoJi is led by Zen Priest Sokuzan Bob Brown (Bob). Bob began practicing meditation in the early 1970’s after meeting the Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and becoming his student. Bob studied at the first session of Naropa Institute and at the Varjadhatu Seminary in Lake Louise, Alberta in 1980. He began a dharma study group in Battle Creek in 1975. Later he became the student of Japanese teacher Kobun Chino Roshi and received full priest ordination in the Soto Zen lineage by Kobun’s dharma heir, Shoho Michael Newhall, in

Bob will offer dharma talks, meditation instruction and private interviews at the retreat. Activities familiar to Bob’s students such as “block sitting” will also be available. Block sitting is a three or four hour period of meditation without bells, allowing uninterrupted sitting meditation. Walking meditation can be done as needed, along with individual tea and bathroom breaks.

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living practices in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and has been organizing retreats at Song of the Morning and elsewhere for over seven years. We will be offering our customary practices of sitting and walking meditation, recitation of the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness trainings, dharma discussions, some silent meals, yoga and early morning meditation walks.

During the retreat we will practice some periods of “Noble Silence” and also enjoy times of friendly, social conversation and sangha building.

The cost for the retreat is fifty dollars a night for a bed in the “dormitory domes” on Friday and Saturday nights with a 15% discount
Wednesday and Thursday, meals included. Some private rooms are available for an additional cost. Full time students receive a 25% discount.

Starting this year the cost for the retreat must be ***paid in advance*** direct to Song of the Morning. Cancellations made two weeks or more before the start of the retreat will receive a full refund. Song of the Morning now charges a ***fifty dollar cancellation fee*** for late cancellations.

To reserve a place at the retreat you must contact the office at Song of the Morning: [email protected] or 989-983-4107

Information about Song of the Morning, including full details about available accommodations:

SokukoJi’s website, for information about Bob:

Bluewater Community’s website: